Danny O’Brien took the early route to victory at the World Military Games in Wuhan, China today.

The Irish Senior champion knocked out French heavyweight Michel Gava 21 seconds into the first round to advance to the last 16.

Finland’s Krenar Aliu is next up for the Irishman.

Leona Houlihan boxes for at least bronze on Tuesday and Brian Kennedy and Antoine O Griofa are also in action.

(Images of O’Brien and staff and action shot from today.)

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World (CISM) Military Games Wuhan, China

October 21

Last 32

91kg Danny O’Brien (Ireland) beat Michel Gavaj (France) KO1

October 22


75kg Leona Houlihan (Ireland) v Viktoryia Kebikova (Belarus)

Last 16

81kg Brian Kennedy (Ireland) v Di Zhou (China)
91kg Danny O’Brien (Ireland) v Krenar Aliu (Finland)
91kg+ Antoine O Gríofa (Ireland) v Kumar Satish (India)

October 20

Last 16

75kg Leona Houlihan (Ireland) beat Garza Fallon (USA) W/O

Last 32

64kg Stephen Lockhart (Ireland) lost to Zang Shuang (China) 0-5
69kg Ross Hickey (Ireland) lost to Miliusha Dzmitry (Belarus) RSCI1
75kg Michael Connelly (Ireland) lost to Golembiewski Bartosz (Poland) 0-5



Irish squad

Team Manager Comdt: Adrian Watson (Roscommon)

Head coach: Sgt John Molloy (7th Batt) (Offaly)

Coach: Phil Sutcliffe

75kg: Cpl Leona Houlihan (Dublin)

64kg: Pte Stephen Lockhart (7th Dublin)

69kg: Pte, Ross Hickey (Kildare)

75kg: Lt Mike Connelly (Galway)

81kg: Tpr Brian Kennedy (Offaly)

91kg: Pte Danny O’Brien (Dublin)

91kg+: Pte Antoine O Gríofa (Galway)